Montessori Center School is a non-profit independent school dedicated to providing a high quality Montessori education to approximately 250 students, ages 18 months to 12 years. We have an opening for a full-time assistant teacher position at the pre-primary level (18 months to 3 years old) beginning in August 2022

The Montessori assistant teacher is an integral member of the classroom teaching team, ensuring that the program goals specified by the head teacher are implemented.  The assistant teacher is directed and supervised by the head teacher, who is responsible for the overall classroom program and design.  The assistant teacher is expected to learn and practice all aspects of the Montessori philosophy.

The assistant teacher assists in preparing and maintaining the classroom, supervising the children with warmth, patience and kindness, while ensuring the daily routines of the classroom are met.  Specific responsibilities of the assistant teacher may include:  accompanying children to specialist classes on campus, supervising outdoors, modeling Montessori manners (grace and courtesy), managing the cleanliness, order and availability of classroom materials, preparing snack, maintaining supply shelves,  assisting in diapering or toileting procedures, and assisting with other projects as assigned by the head teacher.

It is important to adhere to school protocol and school policies in all dealings with parents. The assistant teacher should establish positive relationships and communicate effectively with children, staff, administration, parents and members of the community.  The assistant teacher is expected to attend staff meetings, pre-primary teacher meetings and weekly meetings with your head teacher.


The ideal candidate will be an energetic and dedicated team player who is caring and possesses a positive attitude, nurturing personality, and loves working with children. This individual must be able to effectively supervise children in safe learning/play activities and facilitate the development of social skills. 12 core early childhood education (ECE) units plus infant/toddler units are required.  Livescan, TB test and COVID-19 vaccine are required. Salary depends on experience and educational level. Benefits provided.

Please email a cover letter, resume and official or unofficial transcript to Melanie Jacobs at m.jacobs@mcssb.org  Position open until filled.

Montessori Center School is an Equal Opportunity Employer licensed by the DSS (Lic# 426205239)

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About Montessori Center School

We are a non profit private Montessori school located just north of Santa Barbara, California. We have been in existence since 1965 and are the largest and oldest Montessori school in the area. Vision: Our vision is an authentic Montessori environment within a collaborative, engaged community of positive role models who guide the development of each child’s human potential.Mission: Our mission is to honor and develop the whole child from 18 months through sixth grade. We provide a nurturing, educational environment authentic to Montessori principles by fostering independent, compassionate, respectful, self-motivated, creative, life-long learners who will become positive forces to care for and transform our world.Core Values:Development of the Whole Child – We nurture the social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical development of children to prepare them for life.Academic Excellence – We create a rich, academic environment in which students achieve their full potential as independent, curious, and resourceful thinkers and learners.Learner Empowerment – Through collaboration and individualized support, we guide students’ love of learning through exploration and the unique expression of their interests, skills, and talents.Family & Community – Through the Montessori principles of grace and courtesy, we engage as a supportive community by living the mission of MCS.Respect for All – We cultivate respect for self, others, our environment, and our global community.